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1 IMPORT POLICY ORDER Ministry of Commerce Government of the People s Republic of Bangladesh 1

2 Import Policy Order, CONTENTS Sl. No. Chapter Subject Page 1. Chapter One Beginning 3 2. Chapter Two General Provisions for Import 6 3. Chapter Three Provisions Regarding Import fees Chapter Four Miscellaneous Provisions Chapter Five General Provisions for Industrial Imports Chapter Six Provisions for Import by Commercial 48 Importers 7. Chapter Seven Import by Public Sector Importers Chapter Eight Import Trade Control (ITC) Committee Chapter Nine Compulsory Membership of recognised Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Trade Association. No. 66 (The Import Policy Order, has been published both in Bengali and English Languages. If there is any inconsistency between the two versions the Bengali text will prevail) 2

3 (Published in Bangladesh Gazette Extra-ordinary dated 26 th January, 2010) GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE S REPUBLIC OF BANGLADESH MINISTRY OF COMMERCE ORDER Dated BS/ A.D No.S.R.O. 22-LAW/2010- In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Imports and Exports (Control) Act, 1950 (Act No. XXXIX of 1950), the Government is pleased to make and issue the following order: CHAPTER ONE Beginning 1. Short Title, Application, Duration, etc.-(1) This Order may be called the Import Policy Order, (2) Unless otherwise specified, this Order shall apply to all imports into Bangladesh. (3) It shall come into force immediately and shall remain in force up to 30 th June, 2012: However, it will remain in force after the expiry of the validity until the new Import Policy Order is issued. (4) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-para 1(3) it will remain in force after the expiry of the validity mentioned in the said para until the new import policy order is issued. Furthermore, notwithstanding anything contained in the Import Policy, any notification, circular or order issued time to time by the government regarding import under Finance Act or any other law which does not contradict this import policy, shall have preference. 2. Definitions. - In this order, unless there is anything repugnant to the subject or context---- (1) Entre-port Trade means such trade in case of which imported goods could be exported to a third country after minimum value addition at 5% without changing quality, quantity or shape and without allowing the said goods to be brought out side the port area but can be carried, with the permission of the Ministry of Commerce, from one port to another port for the purpose of exports. (2) Act means, The Imports and Exports (Control) Act, 1950 (Act No. XXXIX of 1950) ; (3) Importer means the Importer as defined in article 2(f) of Importers, Exporters and Indentors (Registration) Order,1981; 3

4 (4) Import Control Authority means the Chief Controller of Imports and Exports and includes any other authorized officer to issue licenses, permits or registration certificates as per the relevant provisions of Import and Exports (Control) Act, 1950 (XXXIX of 1950); (5) Basis of Imports means percentage, rate or formula adopted for determining the share of a registered importer; (6) Import value means C&F or CFR value of imported goods for entre-port trade or re-export ; (7) Indentor means a person or group of persons, institution, body or organization registered as an indentor according to article 2(g) of the Importers, Exporters and Indentors (Registration) Order,1981; (8) H.S. Code Number, means the H.S. Code comprising eight or more digits as mentioned in the First Schedule of the Customs Act pertaining to classification of commodities; (9) L/C means letter of credit opened for the purpose of import under this Order; (10) L/C Authorization Form (LCA) means the form prescribed for authorization of opening of L/C; (11) Clearing and Forwarding Agent (C&F Agent) Freight Forwarder (FF) means a person or an organization acting as C&F agent or as F.F., must possess TIN Number and be computerized within 5 (five) years. (12) Food Products means food products consumed by man directly or after processing. (13) Registered Importer means an importer registered under the Importers, Exporters and Indentors (Registration) Order, 1981; (14) Controlled list means the list of items, import of which is controlled and given in the table of annexure-1; (15) Goods means the list of goods specified in the first schedule of Custom Act, 1969 (Act No.IV of 1969); (16) Annexure means an annexure appended to this order; (17) Permit means an authorization for Import and Export, and includes import permit, clearance permit, import permit on returnable basis, export permit or exportcum-import permit as the case may be issued by Import Control Authority. 4

5 (18) The Sponsor" means Board of Investment (BOI)/ BEPZA/BSCIC or Handloom Board in case of handloom industries run by weaver s 'Association' ; (19) Re-export means export of any imported item within specific period with at least 10% value addition to the import value after reprocessing the said imported item locally by changing either its quality or shape or both; (20) Actual user means a person, group of persons, institution, body or organization, other than registered importers, who may import a permissible item (not being an industrial raw material requiring further processing before being used or consumed) in limited quantity for his or its own use or consumption and not for sale or transfer; (21) Chief Controller shall have the same meaning as given in the Imports and Exports (Control) Act, 1950 (Act No. XXXIX of 1950); (22) Expatriate Bangladeshi means foreign exchange earning Bangladeshi citizens working/living abroad; (23) Commercial importer means an importer registered under the Importers, Exporters and Indentors (Registration) Order,1981 who imports goods for sale without further processing ; (24) Fish or Livestock or Bird s feed means feeds which are imported and taken by Fish or Livestock or Bird directly or after processing; (25) Importer for lease financing means an importer registered, as special case, under the Importers, Exporters and Indentors (Registration) Order, 1981 approved by the Government for provision of lease financing to the industrial, energy, mining, agricultural, construction, transport and professional service sector; (26) Industrial consumer means a recognized industrial unit registered as an Industrial importer under the Importers, Exporters and Indentors (Registration) Order, 1981 which is 100% Bangladeshi industrial unit and foreign investor registered with relevant sponsoring authority ; (27) Public sector importer means importers being government organizations or institutes, statutory bodies, corporations and public universities. 5

6 CHAPTER TWO General Provisions for Import 3. Regulation of Import- Import of goods under this Order shall be regulated as follows: (a) Unless otherwise specified in this order, the items banned for import in the list (annexure-1) shall not be importable: Provided that, those items which are importable on fulfillment of certain conditions specified in the list shall be importable on fulfillment of those conditions. [Explanation--- Items mentioned in the foot note given after the restricted list (annexure-1) shall be treated as banned items.] (b) Except the items specified in the article 3(a), all other items are importable freely. (c) While determining the import status of an item mentioned in the Control List, if the description of goods does not conform to the H. S. Code mentioned against the item or any discrepancy arises between the H.S. Code and the description of goods, in that case the description of goods shall prevail. 4. Conditions for regulating import If the import of an item was restricted before coming into effect of this Order or if such restriction has been made effective due to the inclusion of the item in the Control List annexed to this Order or for imposition of any other condition such restriction shall be subject to the following conditions :-- (a) In case any restriction is imposed on import of a particular commodity with a view to protecting the interest of a local industry the concerned sponsoring authority / Bangladesh Tariff Commission shall strictly monitor production of that industrial unit regularly; (b)the industrial units (Protected Industry) which are specially engaged in assembling type activities shall have to move towards progressive manufacture actively and expeditiously; (c) Except due to the rise of price of raw materials or the decline in the rate of exchange, if the increase in the price of an item increases or the price of finished product is disproportionately higher than the rise in the price of the raw materials in the international market, the ban on the import may be revoked on the recommendation of the concerned sponsoring authority or Bangladesh Tariff Commission; 6

7 (d) Goods from Israel or goods produced in that country and also goods carried in the flag vessels of that country shall not be importable. (e) However, if any one is aggrieved by any decision regarding ban or restriction on import of any item, he can refer his representation to the Bangladesh Tariff Commission. The Bangladesh Tariff Commission will duly examine such a representation and furnish its recommendation(s) to the Ministry of Commerce for consideration. 5. General Conditions of Import of goods- --- (1) For import purpose, use of H.S. Code with at least eight digits corresponding to the classification of goods as given in the First Schedule of the Customs Act,1969 (Act No. IV of 1969) based on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, shall be mandatory: Provided that, Bank shall not issue L.C. Authorisation form or open L/C without properly mentioning H.S. Code number for the item(s) correctly. (2) NOC on the basis of ROR (Right of Refusal)--- (a) No Objection Certificate on the basis of Right of Refusal (ROR) from any authority shall not be required for import of any freely importable item by any Public Sector agency: Provided that in cases where a public sector agency is required to import banned/restricted items included in the Control List prior permission of the Ministry of Commerce shall be obtained on the basis of NOC issued by the Ministry of Industries or by the Sponsoring Ministry/Division or by both, as the case may be; (b) In case of import of restricted items for approved projects financed under foreign aid, the concerned Ministry, Department, Agency or Corporation will approach the Ministry of Commerce directly for decision furnishing a list of the items duly certified giving detailed description and provisions of contract of the aided project, etc. and other necessary information along with quantity or number, price and H.S. Code Number of each item to be imported. (3) Pre-shipment inspection--- (a) In this order where there is condition for pre-shipment inspection of imported goods the said condition has to be complied with. (b) Unless otherwise specified, in case of export and import, shipment of goods can be made under The Bangladesh Flag Vessels (Protection) Ordinance, 1982 (Ord. No.XIV of 1982). 7

8 (4) Import at competitive rate--- (a) Import shall be made at the most competitive rate and it is mandatory for the importers, at any time, to submit documents of the price of the goods paid or to be paid to Import Control Authority regarding the price paid or to be paid by them; (b) In case of import under Untied Commodity Aid in the private sector, goods shall be imported at the most competitive rate by obtaining quotations from at least three suppliers/indentors representing at least two source countries. Provided that, this condition shall not apply for opening L/C up to Tk. One lac. (c) For import at the most competitive rate by the Public Sector importers, quotations have to be invited before opening letter of credit and goods shall be imported at the most competitive price. (5) Import on C&F or CFR, CPT, FOB, CIF, CIP, DAF, DES, DEQ and DDU basis--- (a) Goods can be imported by water, land and airways on C&F or CFR, CPT,FOB,CIF,CIP,DAF,DES,DEQ, and DDU basis : Provided that in case of import on FOB basis the concerned importer shall have to properly comply with foreign exchange regulation; (b) Unless there is specific provision in the relevant loan agreement/project agreement concluded with the foreign donors for import on CIF or CIP basis, no import shall be allowed on CIF or CIP basis without prior approval from the Ministry of Commerce; (c) Any expatriate Bangladeshi with income earned abroad and any foreign investor with his share of equity can send capital machineries & rawmaterials on CIF or CIP basis; (d) Goods from foreign countries free of cost or gift items are importable on CIF or CIP basis; (e)before opening L/C, necessary insurance cover note shall be purchased from the Sadharan Bima Corporation or any other Bangladeshi insurance company approved by the GoB. (6) Import by mentioning Country of Origin --- (a) In all cases of import, country of origin shall be mentioned clearly on the package and container of goods; (b) A certificate regarding country of origin issued by the concerned Government agency, approved authority or organization of the exporting country must be submitted, along with import documents to the Customs Authority at the time of release of goods : Provided that the provisions of 8

9 country of origin shall not be applicable to coal and export oriented garments industries; (c) In case of import of cotton it shall not be required to mention country of origin on each bale : Provided that country of origin need not be mentioned in the phyto-sanitary certificate; (d) Subject to the conditions imposed by the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act,1947 (Act VII of 1947), Bangladesh Bank and Commercial Banks, country of origin need not be mentioned by the 100% export oriented industries approved by Custom Authority including the industries importing raw materials for the use of said industries. (e) In case of import of Aluminium Ingot, Zinc Ingot along with other Nonferrous and Ferrous metals, country of origin need not be mentioned. (f) In case of import of Limestone, in different consignments/lot by the ropeway or by river, as raw-materials for Chhattak Cement Factory, Country of Origin certificate from the exporting country s Government, approved authority or organization shall be submitted once to the Customs authority at the time of release of goods, instead for each consignment/lot for the quantity mentioned in L/C. (7) Inscription of Name, Address and TIN of Importer- Except in the case of following imports, the name, address and TIN shall be inscribed or printed in indelible ink on, at least two percent of the largest packet/cover/tinned package/sack pack/wooden box/other packets containing the imported goods, as:--- (a) For the products imported uncovered and in bulk; (b) For products valued up to US$ 5000(five thousand) in each challan; (c) For import in government sector; (d) For import of approved foreign aid-based projects; (e) For import of free sample, advertisement materials and gift items valued US$ 1000 (one thousand ) or less as per provisions of the Import Policy Order; (f) For imports under the Transfer of Residence Baggage rules,2000 ; (g) For goods imported by the actual user; (h) For Import by the Diplomatic Missions; (i) For Import by the 100% export oriented Industrial units under Bonded Ware-House; (j) For goods imported on returnable basis; (k) For export-cum-import goods; (l) For goods imported on entre-pot basis; 9

10 (m) For import by various educational institutions/charitable organizations/ hospitals; (n) For goods sent by Bangladeshi nationals living abroad. 5. A. Source of finance--- import may be allowed under the following sources of finance, as :--- (a) Cash (i) Cash foreign exchange (balance of the foreign exchange reserve of Bangladesh Bank); (ii) Foreign currency accounts maintained by Bangladeshi Nationals working/living abroad; (iii) External economic aid (Commodity Aid, Loan, Grant); (iv) Commodity exchange: Barter and Special Trading Arrangement (STA). (b) Commercial importers and industrial consumers may utilise their respective shares under Barter/STA as per basis notified. (c) Import under the Special Trading Arrangements (STA) which are or were concluded with prior approval/permission of the government, shall be subject to the specific procedures laid down by the government in this respect. (d) The provision of sub-para (a) (iv) of this para will remain effective only upto the time of completion of on-going agreements. 6. Fund provision for financing import- Unless otherwise specified, the importers shall import primarily against cash foreign exchange. 7. Import procedure- Import shall be made as per the following procedure:- (1)Import Licence not required- Unless otherwise specified, no import licence will be necessary for import of any item. (2) Import against LCA Form- Unless otherwise specified, all import transactions through a Bank (L/Cs. bank drafts, remittances etc.) shall require LCA forms irrespective of the source of finance. (3) Import through L/C- Unless otherwise directed import will be effected only through opening irrevocable L/C: Provided that L/C is not required for each consignment via Teknaf custom station of quickly perishable items worth ten 10

11 thousand to fifteen thousand US dollar, via other custom station, five thousand to seven thousand US dollar, essential food items under the limit approved by the govt. time to time and for import of capital machinery and raw materials for industrial use without any price limit; Provided further that conditions stated in sub para (6) shall be applicable here and importers shall be required to register with authorized dealer Bank for importation without L/C. (4) Import against LCA Form but without opening of Letter of Credit (L/C) - Import against LCA Form may be allowed without opening of Letters of Credit in the following cases: (a) Import of books, journals, magazines and periodicals on sight draft or usance bill basis; (b) Import of any permissible item for an amount not exceeding US Dollar 50,000/- (fifty thousand) is allowed only during each financial year against remittance made from Bangladesh; in case of Myanmar--- (i) Import of rice, wheat, maize,soyabin oil, palm oil, onion and fish items valued upto twenty thousand US dollar in a single consignment and other items valued ten thousand US dollar and (ii) Import of rice under Public Sector valued upto US $ two million in a single consignment shall be importable and in this case above mentioned annual ceiling of fifty thousand US dollar shall not be applicable. (c) Import under commodity aid, grant or such other loan for which there are specific procurement procedures for import of goods without opening any L/C: and (d) Import of international chemical references through Bank drafts by recognised pharmaceutical industry on the approval of Director, Drugs Administration for the purpose of quality control of their products. (5) Import against Import Permits and in special cases against Clearance Permit (for clearance of goods on payment of fine)- In the following cases, neither LCA Form nor opening of L/C will be necessary; but Import Permit (IP) or Clearance Permit (CP) will have to be obtained by the importer, as for example---: (a) Import of books, magazines, journals, periodicals and scientific and laboratory equipments against surrender of UNESCO Coupons; (b) Import under Pay-As-You-Earn-Scheme in the following cases only on the basis of clearance of the Bangladesh Bank : (i) New or not exceeding ten years old plant and machinery of permissible specification; (ii) New or not exceeding five year old motor cars; 11

12 (iii) Cargo or passenger vessel of steel or wooden bodies, including refrigerated vessel of any capacity either new or not exceeding fifteen years old :Provided that in case of ocean going old ships, not exceeding twenty five years old shall be importable; (iv) Import of plant and machinery for export-oriented industrial units with the clearance of the competent sanctioning authority, wherever necessary; (v) Trawlers and other fishing vessels, either new or not exceeding twenty five years old: Provided that for import under this scheme the sanctioning authority of such import shall forward a copy of sanction letter to the Chief Controller and the importer shall apply to the CCI&E along with necessary papers for prior permission; (c) Import of item(s) by passenger coming from abroad in excess of the permissible limits of quantity/value as per the relevant baggage rules, provided the import of the said item(s) is permissible under the relevant baggage rules; (d) Import of samples, advertising materials and gift items above the ceiling prescribed as per paragraph 12 of this Order; (e) Import of only drugs and herbal medicines under bonus system subject to the condition that it shall be obligatory on the part of the importers concerned to pass on the benefit to the consumers. The Director, Drugs Administration shall devise appropriate procedure in this behalf; (f) Import of capital machinery and spare parts, as share of capital of the foreign share-holder for an approved joint venture or 100% foreign investors industrial unit already set up or to be set up; (g) Import of any other goods, not specifically exempted from permit. (6) Import on Deferred Payment Basis or Against Supplier s Credit- Subject to restriction and prohibitions contained in this order, import on deferred payment basis or against Suppliers Credit may be allowed on the basis of procedure laid down by the Bangladesh Bank in this behalf. (7) Import against direct payment abroad- Only Bangladeshi nationals living abroad may send any importable item irrespective of value ceiling against direct payment abroad in the name of any Bangladeshi living in Bangladesh. The name and address of the consignee shall be mentioned in the import documents, in such case. (a) No permission or import permit from the Import Control Authority shall be necessary ; (b) In this case a certificate from the Bangladesh embassy in that country as an earner of foreign exchange has to be submitted. Sender s passport No., 12

13 occupation, annual income, period of stay abroad etc. shall have to be mentioned in that certificate; (c) The payment receipt of the goods shall be certified by the Embassy. (8) Time limit for opening of L/C- (a) Unless otherwise specified, for import under cash foreign exchange, letter of credit shall be opened by all importers within one hundred and fifty days from the date of issue or from the date of registration of LCA form: Provided that the above time limit may be extended upto such time as deemed fit by the Chief Controller; (b)for import under foreign aid/grant and barter/sta, L/C shall be opened within the time limit as may be notified by the Chief Controller. (9) Validity of shipment for goods- (a) Unless, otherwise specified, shipment of goods shall be made within seventeen months in the case of machinery and spare parts and nine months in the case of all other items from the date of issuance of LCA Form by Bank or registration of L/C Authorisation Form with Bangladesh Bank Registration unit, as the case may be. (b) Shipment of goods under commodity aid/grant, and account trade arrangement/counter trade arrangement shall be effected within the time limits as may be notified by the Chief Controller; (c) In case where shipment could not be made within the validity period due to circumstances beyond control of the importer, the Chief Controller may extend the time limit for shipment of goods on the merit of each case; (10) Restriction on L/C after imposition of ban/restriction- No extension of the date of shipment in any Letter of Credit or amendment to Letter of Credit or enhancement of the value or quantity of goods shall be allowed by the nominated Bank or by the Import Control Authority after the import of the item or items have been banned or restricted. (11) Document required to be submitted along with LCA Form- Importers in both public sector and private sector shall submit to their nominated Banks the following documents along with the L/C Authorisation Form for opening Letter of Credit: (a) L/C Application Form duly signed by the importer; (b) Indents for goods issued by Indentor or a Proforma Invoice obtained from the foreign supplier, as the case may be; and (c)insurance Cover Note. 13

14 (12) Additional documents to be furnished by public sector importers- In addition to the documents mentioned in sub-paragraph (11) above, public sector importers shall submit the attested photocopy of sanction letter from the Administrative Ministry or Division or Authority, wherever applicable; (13) Additional documents to be furnished by private sector importers- In addition to the documents mentioned in sub-paragraph (11) above private sector importers will be required to submit the following documents, as :--- (a) Valid Membership certificate from the registered local Chamber of Commerce and Industry or any Trade Association established on all Bangladesh basis, representing any special trade/business; (b) Renewed Import Registration Certificate for the concerned financial year; (c) A declaration, in triplicate, that the importer has paid income-tax or submitted income tax return for the preceding year; (d) Proof of having Tax Identification Number (TIN) in all cases of imports, excepting personal use; (e) Any such document as may be required as per this Order or Public Notice, or instruction issued by Chief Controller, from time to time under this Order; (f) Any necessary papers or documents according to this Order; (g) Insurance Cover Note either from Sadharan Bima Corporation or from any Bangladeshi Insurance Company and duly stamped insurance policy against this cover-note. (14) Violation of the requirement of LCA/LC- (a) Shipment effected before issuance of the L/C Authorisation Form by the nominated Bank and registration with the authorized dealer bank, wherever necessary, and before opening of L/C or after expiry of the validity of the L/C Authorisation Form or L/C shall be treated as import in contravention of this Order. (b) L/C Authorisation Form obtained on the basis of false or incorrect particulars or by adopting any fraudulent means shall be treated as invalid and void abinitio. (15) Import against indent and pro-forma Invoice- L/C may be opened against an indent issued by a local registered Indentor or against a pro-forma invoice issued by a foreign manufacturer/seller/supplier. 14

15 (16) Procedure to be followed by banks for acceptance/issuance of LCA Forms- Banks will follow the following procedures in the case of accepting or issuing of LCA Form: (a) Acceptance of LCA Forms by the nominated banks- (i) LCA Forms and other relevant papers shall be submitted by recognised industrial units in the private sector and registered commercial importers to their respective nominated bank for the purpose of import by opening L/C. (ii) While accepting LCA Forms from a private sector importer the nominated banks shall ensure that the concerned importer has a valid Import Registration Certificate (IRC), the requisite renewal fees for IRC for the relevant financial year has been paid and particulars of the treasury chalan showing payment of renewal fees has been duly recorded in the IRC of the said importer. Unless a private sector importer is specifically exempted from IRC, LCA Forms shall not be accepted from him/her, or L/C shall not be opened in his/her favor without valid and legally renewed IRC. (iii) In case of import through land route, name of the land port of destination in Bangladesh will be clearly stated in concerned L/C; (iv) L/C for import of capital machinery and initial spares for setting up of a new industrial unit may, however, be opened without any Import Registration Certificate (IRC) and without obtaining exemption certificate from the Chief Controller. No formal sanction shall be necessary from the sponsoring authority for such import against cash foreign exchange in respect of industrial units in the free sector; (v) Certificate from the related bank regarding import cost payable at cash foreign currency of capital machineries and equipments by foreign investors organisations within their equity share is to be required; (b) Compulsory recording of H.S. Code Number- Banks shall not process any LCA Form or open L/C without properly recording the appropriate H.S. Code Number on the LCA Form or L/C. Bangladesh Bank shall monitor the compliance by the banks (scheduled) of the above requirements. (c) Registration of LCA Form- In case of import by opening L/C or without L/C, the authorised dealer bank shall get the LCA Form registered and submit the Bangladesh Bank s copy to Bangladesh Bank along with monthly statement after payment is made. Out of the rest copies, 2 (two) copies to the office of the Chief Controller of Imports and Exports, 1 (one) copy to the importer, 1 (one) copy to Customs Authority are to be sent and the other copy will be preserved with the bank. The dealer Bank shall send all the information of registration to the concerned office of Bangladesh Bank in a statement on monthly basis. (d) Case where LCA Forms under Government allocation are not required to be registered- In case of import under Loan, Credit, Grant or Barter or STA where 15

16 registration with the Bangladesh Bank is not necessary, the nominated bank, after endorsing the particulars mentioned in the L/C Authorisation Form shall forward the L/C Authorisation Form along with L/C application Form and other required documents to the designated bank with the request to open L/C. The designated bank after opening L/C, shall forward the third and fourth copies of L/C Authorisation Form to the concerned Import Control Authority within fifteen days. (e) Transmission of the copy of L/C for record of the Import Control Authority- In all cases, the L/C opening banks shall forward a legible copy of the L/C and copy of amendment thereto, if any, to the concerned Import Control Authority for their record within fifteen days. (f) Despatch of Income Tax declarations submitted by private sector importers- The nominated bank of the concerned private sector imports shall retain one copy of the Income Tax declaration furnished by the private sector importers and forward the other copies to the Director (Research and Statistics), National Board of Revenue, Segunbagicha, Dhaka. (g) Change of Nominated Bank- Within the jurisdiction of any particular Regional office of Controller of Imports and Exports, change of nominated Bank can be done if no objection is provided by both the Banks and the matter has been informed to the concerned Regional Office of Controller of Imports & Exports. 16

17 CHAPTER THREE FEES REGARDING IMPORTS 8. Registration Certificate:---- (1) Registered commercial importers and industrial consumers have been classified into six categories on the basis of their value ceiling of overall annual import for the year to Their Registration (IRC) and renewal fees have been refixed as under : Category Value Ceiling of annual import Initial fees Registration Annual fees renewal First Tk. 1, 00, Tk. 1, Tk. 1, Second Tk. 5,00, Tk. 3, Tk. 2, Third Tk. 15,00, Tk. 4, Tk. 3, Fourth Tk. 50,00, Tk.9, Tk. 6, Fifth Tk. 1,00,00, Tk. 17, Tk. 11, Sixth Above Tk.1,00,00, Tk. 23, Tk. 17, (2) An importer shall apply in writing to the concerned Import Control Authority for registration in any of the six categories mentioned above along with necessary papers and original copy of the Treasury Chalan as evidence of payment of the prescribed registration fees. (3) Import Control Authority shall make an endorsement under seal and signature on the IRC of each importer indicating the value ceiling of annual import and the rate of renewal fees applicable in each case. (4) Importers whose already registered for renewal there registration certificate shall submit two copies of application in writing, main copy of IRC and copy of treasury chalan of renewal fees paid to Bangladesh Bank or with Sonali Bank,(where there is no branch of Bangladesh Bank) under the Head of Account 1/1731/0001/1801 to the Import Control Authority indicating the category stated at sub-para (1) in which they intend to be classified. (5) Importers of all categories can renew their IRC through their nominated banks. (6) Importer can pay renewal fee in cash prescribed for the said category to the nominating bank against receipt and submit application along with main copy of IRC and the receipt to the nominating bank. (7) The banks shall deposit the money received as renewal fees to the Bangladesh Bank or to The Sonali Bank where there is no branch of Bangladesh Bank under the Head of Account 1/1731/0001/1801 separately. (8) The banks shall, in turn, shall make an endorsement under seal and signature on the IRC of the importer indicating the value ceiling of annual import and the 17

18 rate of renewal fee applicable in his case and return the original IRC to the importer concerned. (9) The nominated bank shall keep with it one copy of the importer s application and send the other copy to the concerned Import Control Authority along with original copy of treasury chalan regarding payment of renewal fees. The Bank shall also send a separate list of importers where Registration Certificates have been renewed by it under each of the six categories mentioned above within first week of each month. (10) Renewal Fees for the concerned financial year shall be paid within 30 th September of that year without any surcharge. (11) Any importer intending to open L/C for the purpose of import before the aforementioned dates in sub-para (10) shall however be required to first pay renewal fees properly for the financial year concerned at the prescribed rate. (12) Importers failing to pay renewal fees within the above time limit shall have to pay, in addition to arrear renewal fees, surcharge at the following rates:- Surcharge for delay for a period not exceeding one year Surcharge for delay for a period exceeding one year but not exceeding two years Surcharge for delay for a period exceeding two years but not exceeding three years. Tk Tk Tk. 1, (13) In case an importer already registered in one category intends to be classified into a higher category, he/she shall pay renewal fees for the balance amount as per the rate applicable for the relevant higher category in accordance with the procedure mentioned in sub-para (4),(5) and (6). (14) The bank shall make necessary amendments on the IRC of the importers concerned and send to the concerned Import Control Authority one copy of the importer s application along with original treasury chalan showing payment of additional amount of renewal fees. (15) No importer shall be allowed to open L/C in excess of the value ceiling of annual import applicable for him. (16) The importer concerned and the bank shall be equally responsible for any violation of this condition (sub para -15). (17) The sponsoring authority (Board of Investment/BSCIC/BEPZA) while sending recommendation to the Chief Controller of Imports and Exports for issuance of IRC in favour of a new industrial unit shall clearly mention the category under which the concerned industrial unit is to be registered. (18) Indentors and exporters shall pay registration and renewal fees at the following rates :- 18

19 Initial registration fees Renewal fees Indentor Tk. 27, Tk. 13, Exporter Tk. 3, Tk. 2, (19) Indentors shall pay renewal fees in cash to the Bangladesh Bank or Sonali Bank, where there is no branch of Bangladesh Bank, under the Head of Accounts 1/1731/0001/1801 and send the original copies of the Treasury Chalan along with original copy of IRC with renewal book to the concerned Regional Import Control Office for record and verification. (20) Indentors shall pay renewal fees in cash to their respective nominated banks against appropriate receipt and deposit their IRCs for renewal. (21) The Banks shall, in turn, deposit the received amount separately with the Bangladesh Bank or Sonali Bank, where there is no branch of Bangladesh Bank, under the aforementioned Head of Accounts mentioned in sub-para (4) and send the original copy of the Treasury Chalan along with original export Registration Certificate to the respective Import Control Authority for record and verification. (22) Exporters shall deposit renewal fees with the Bangladesh Bank or Sonali Bank, where there is no branch of Bangladesh Bank, under the Head of Account mentioned in sub-para (4) and send the original copy of the Treasury Chalan along with original Export Registration Certificate to the respective Import Control Authority in the first week of every month for endorsement of renewal fees. (23) Indentors and Exporter shall pay renewal fees for the concerned financial year within 30 th September of that year without any surcharge. (24) Those who fail to pay renewal fees within the time limit mentioned in sub-para (23) shall pay surcharge, in addition to arrear renewal fees at the following rate:- Surcharge for delay for a period of one year or less Surcharge for delay for a period exceeding one year but not exceeding two years. Surcharge for delay for a period exceeding two years, but not exceeding three years. Indentor Tk Tk Tk. 1, Exporters Tk Tk Tk (25) All concerned Banks shall send a list of those indentors who have paid renewal fees to the concerned Import Control Authority within 1 st week of every month. (26) Importers, Exporters and Indentors who fail to pay renewal fees for a period exceeding three years may submit applications to the Chief Controller of Imports and Exports for regularization of their Registration Certificate for renewal the same. The Chief Controller of Imports and Exports will dispose of such applications on the merit of each case. 19

20 (27) Registration Certificate Renewal Book- All registered Importers, Exporters and Indentors must obtain a Registration Certificate Renewal Book for endorsement of information relating to the renewal. (28) An amount of Tk. 300 (three hundred) as fees for each renewal book shall be deposited through Treasury Chalan under Head of Account 1/1731/0001/1801. (29) The Renewal Book shall be obtained together with the Registration Certificate in case of new Registration Certificate is issued. (30) Importers, Exporters and Indentors who have already received Registration Certificates shall obtain Renewal Books from their respective licensing office on submission of Chalan showing payment of fees. 20

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